East Sacramento Says: Save Our Neighborhood Councilmember Cohn

New LogoMy name is Ellen Cochrane and I am the president of East Sacramento Preservation. I represent more than 300 members and 100s of other deeply concerned East Sacramento residents.

I’d like to say that ESP is grateful and supports the work of our fellow neighborhood groups speaking in opposition of this project.

East Sacramento Preservation opposes the planned McKinley Village for several reasons, not least because it proposes to invade our streets with 3,500 more cars per day.

All of us who drive on H or J Street, or Alhambra Blvd, between 5-6 pm, or cautiously navigate Folsom Blvd. know the consequences this increased traffic burden will cause.

The project’s traffic scheme will increase traffic in these area and also add a whole new hot spot in the north side of the neighborhood with the proposed 40th Street Exit.

The developer stubbornly refuses to compromise on matters of great importance to us. But let’s take a broader look at things. It’s neighbors, all of us volunteers, many who work in the day, going up against a wealthy, politically well-connected, professional development machine. No wonder citizens feel abandoned. We need to level this playing field.

The developer has wealth, access to media support, political insiders to do his bidding, hired professionals to manipulate facts to his advantage. What do we have? That’s why I call on our Councilman Steve Cohn, our elected representative, to truly represent us. Mr. Cohn has given 19 years of service. He has championed neighborhood projects, alternative energy sources and supported Sutter’s Landing. Neighborhood services are the most important part of a councilmember’s job. We elected him to speak for us, to be our voice, to defend the fragile, classic neighborhood we share and cherish. He knows this project is bad, bad in and of itself, and bad for this neighborhood.

When we met in his office a week ago his voiced concern about being the sole vote against the development. We want hin to not care about that. We elected him to not mind being a solitary vote if that vote is a pro-neighborhood vote, if it’s a vote of conscience, if it’s the right vote, and the right thing to do.

Mr. Cohn stand up alone if you have to, but please stand up for us. We also ask you to lead. Other council members should and must heed your recommendations about this unhealthy project.

There is absolutely nothing good in the McKinley Village development for us. Nothing. Even its name is thievery. It’s not good infill. It’s not smart growth. Smart growth does not harm and alienate neighbors.

So far you have not intervened to change this project or avert a crisis in this neighborhood. You haven’t publicly challenged the absurd falsehoods in the Draft EIR.

This is the eleventh hour: we ask you to assume leadership. We remind you, and everyone, that we still retain the power of the vote.

Once, when we expressed our traffic concerns, A McKinley Village representative said to us, “You people live in an urban world. Get used to it.”

Please defend us so we can say, East Sacramentans will fight for their neighborhood. Get used to it.”




















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One Response to East Sacramento Says: Save Our Neighborhood Councilmember Cohn

  1. Judy McClaver says:

    There has been a last minute reprieve and good news! Email received at 2:30PM today :
    Dear Ellen,

    I have great news about McKinley Pond! As you know, in June 2013, a Lake Management and Assessment Report was completed identifying several issues with our city’s ponds including the McKinley pond. Since that time I have been working with Parks staff on cost estimates as well as funding sources.

    I am happy to report that we have identified $225,000 in Park Impact Fees and Quimby funds to clean and repair the pond, install perimeter fencing, and plant vegetation around the pond’s edges. The funding will be brought to Council with the FY14/15 budget for approval. Once approved in June, Parks staff will work with the community on the project scope and design. I am hopeful that construction will be completed in late 2014 or early 2015.

    I greatly appreciate the numerous hours of volunteer work that have been committed by Judy McClaver and others and I look forward to a continued partnership as we move forward with the pond renovation.

    Please share this email with your list.

    Steve Cohn

    Councilmember, District 3